Nuclear weapons and climate change pose existential threats to life on earth, says Noam Chomsky. Only democratic institutions would be able (and inclined) to deal with these threats, But since the 1970s, capitalism has fought a largely successful campaign to undermine democracy and democratic institutions, both in Europe and in the U,S, Thus we have a "perfect storm" of crises and no evident way of dealing with it.
By undermining democracy, capitalists have also greatly
increased their own wealth and reduced the prosperity of the 99%.
The program plays Chomsky's remarks and reads a related article, "We've Let Capitalism Kill the Planet," by Christian Sorensen. Plus brief introductions and commentary by KD and a song by Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Noam Chomsky spoke in Cambridge, MA, on April 24, 2017, in response to questions posed by Amy Goodman. Chuck Rosina, recorded the talk live. (Many thanks.) His complete recording is available on radio4all.net. "We've
Let Capitalism Kill the Planet"--here lightly edited for radio by
me--orifinally appeared on Counterpunch.org, March 28, 2017.